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Kiss by Tom Matt ~ http://www.tommatt.com/

A kiss can say and mean lots of things. We focused this week on the intimate, intentional sensation of kiss – not just with lips, but with movement, eyes, words, thoughts and actions. Deep thanks to my high school friend, Tom Matt, for his willingness to share his painting, Kiss. You can find his wonderful work at his site here.

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of juicy delicious things that are happening!

Classes at the Studio at Dancing Water
I’m delighted to announce that I will start offering classes at the studio at Dancing Water* on Thursday mornings from 11-1215pm (Thursday, May 9, May 16 and May 30 are full and if you’d like to get on the waiting list, please let me know. There is still space in the May 23 and Jun 6 classes!). Classes will be my mix of guided and unguided movement, meditation and creativity! Come join us in the trees by the river for grounded, flowing, spacious movement. For the month of May, I’m offering a discounted rate so grab a friend and come to the river! Go HERE to sign up!
* The Studio at Dancing Water is at 2370 Old Lynchburg Road ~ detailed directions at http://www.susanmcculley.com and via email when you sign up!

Summer Schedule Shift
For the acac summer schedule (starting June 13), Jeanne Catherine will be teaching the Thursday morning 8:40-9:40am class. I will be teaching on Thursday mornings at the Studio at Dancing Water…so lots of choices for mindful movement!

Memorial Day at acac Monday, May 27
Make mindful movement part of your holiday weekend! Susan is teaching at the regular time on Monday, May 27 from 10:45am-12noon in Studio A at Albemarle Square acac!

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ Jun 7 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, Jun 7 from 11:25 -12:25.

June Women’s Retreats with Coach, Michelle Goodrich
If you’re like most awakening women, you feel called to create many different things in your life, from deepening or attracting love to expanding your prosperity, influence and impact in your career, improving your health, and more. How do you close the gap between where you are now and where you sense you can be?
Michelle Goodrich invites you to join her and a tribe of brilliant women on retreat this June. Together we will identify the number one block that holds you back from the life you came here to live, you will gain the tools to forge an unshakeable bond with yourself, with life and with others…. and you will have the opportunity to take the next step into the life you long for. Dates: June 15 (Saturday daylong) 9am-5pm; June 23 (Sunday) 1pm-5pm; June 30 (Sunday) 1pm-5pm (Attendance at all 3 sessions is requested.)
For registration, scholarship and more details please contact Michelle at michellegoodrichcoach@gmail.com

Nia White Belt Training with Kelle Rae Oien Aug 15-21 at SoulShines in Richmond
Whether for personal growth, developing your practice or preparing to teach, the Nia White Belt training is a life-changing experience. Join stellar White Belt Trainer, Kelle Rae Oien at the new SoulShines Studios in Richmond. Go here for more information!
https://www.facebook.com/events/796684947329568/ (NOTE: A belt can audit 3 sessions for free. (They will need to pay for classes with Kelle – not included in the free offer) A retake (anything more than 3 sessions) is $99 to HQ and $400 to Kelle. That includes all classes.)

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, May 6, 2019, 1045am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing 6:05 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Shut Up And Kiss Me 3:43 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Fever 3:35 Joe Cocker
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
Language Or The Kiss 5:35 Indigo Girls
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared

Tuesday, May 7, 2019, 840am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing 6:05 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Shut Up And Kiss Me 3:43 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Coolsville 4:53 Rick Braun
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Fever 3:35 Joe Cocker
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared

Wednesday, May 8, 2019, 11am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing (Instrumental) 6:14 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Kiss This Thing Goodbye 4:35 Del Amitri
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Shut Up And Kiss Me 3:43 Mary Chapin Carpenter
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 840am ~ Kiss

When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing (Instrumental) 6:14
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Kiss the Sky (feat. Wyclef Jean) 3:35 The Knocks
Kiss This Thing Goodbye 4:35 Del Amitri
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared
Unchosen 3:54 Jesse Cook

Thursday, May 9, 2019, 11am Mindful Movement at the Studio at Dancing Water ~ Kiss

After the Rain 6:57 Satori
When I Kiss: When I Kiss 5:09 Deepak Chopra M.D./Jared Harris
Kissing (Instrumental) 6:14 Bliss
Light Of Your Smile 5:14 Enigma
Kiss This Thing Goodbye 4:35 Del Amitri
On and On 3:47 Mocean Worker
Kiss 3:39 Prince
Fever (Adam Freeland Extended Remix) 7:03 Sarah Vaughan
Steal My Kisses 4:09 Ben Harper & The Innocent Criminals
A Thousand Kisses Deep 6:29 Leonard Cohen
The Unfeeling Kiss 3:44 Gabriel Yared
Tape Recorder 6:07 Hammock

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

When I say the word “kiss” what comes to mind?

Do you think of what you gave your grandmother?
Do you think of what you give your child?
Do you think of what you get from your dog?
Do you think of what you get from your love?

What if you expanded your view of kiss?
What if you thought of your touch as a kiss?
What if you thought of your gaze as a kiss?
What if you thought of your breath as a kiss?
How could you move and think and speak like a kiss?

Can you let yourself kiss the world and (and this is important) be kissed by the world?

Rumi’s poem is the kiss I long for. Let’s move into that kiss this week.

Some Kiss

There is some kiss we want
with our whole lives,
the touch of Spirit on the body.

Seawater begs the pearl
to break its shell.

And the lily, how passionately
it needs some wild Darling!

At night, I open the window
and ask the moon to come
and press its face into mine.
Breathe into me.

Close the language-door,
and open the love-window.

The moon won’t use the door,
only the window.



This week’s focus on kaleidoscopic movement and living is to recognize how even small shifts change patterns fundamentally. Thanks to Lynn Pribus who brought her hand-made (by her hands!) kaleidoscope for show and tell!

One of the songs at the end of this week’s playlist is Coldplay’s Kaleidoscope and the vocal recites a translation of Rumi’s poem, The Guest House.

This being human is a guest house.
Every morning a new arrival.
A joy, a depression, a meanness,
some momentary awareness comes
as an unexpected visitor.
Welcome and entertain them all!
Even if they are a crowd of sorrows,
who violently sweep your house
empty of its furniture,
still, treat each guest honorably.
He may be clearing you out
for some new delight.
The dark thought, the shame, the malice.
meet them at the door laughing and invite them in.
Be grateful for whatever comes.
because each has been sent
as a guide from beyond.
— Jellaludin Rumi

Kaleidoscopic moving and living allows us to see whatever arrives at your door as a guide, a glittering shard of light. Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Nia Jam on Friday, March 29, 5:45-7pm, Studio A, acac Downtown
Join teachers Jeanne, Loring, and Rachel for a Nia* Jam! as they focus on the energy of Spring, a time to Grow and Blossom, with the intent of tapping into empowerment and beauty. This special event will pre-empt Jeanne’s regular Friday night class. As always, for a Nia Jam, you can bring a friend to ACAC for free.
*Nia is barefoot cardio dance set to fabulous music that feeds your body, focuses your mind, stirs your emotions, and uplifts your spirit.

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ April 5 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, April 5 from 11:25 -12:25.

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Mar 25, 2019, 1045am ~ Kaleidoscope

The Blower’s Daughter 4:44 Damien Rice
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Hotel California 5:48 Gipsy Kings
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Sunshine in a bag 4:28 Gorillaz
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Facing East 3:48 Thievery Corporation
En el Bosque de Cristal 4:11 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson
Kaleidoscope 1:52 Coldplay
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Tuesday, Mar 26, 2018, 840am ~ Kaleidoscope

The Blower’s Daughter 4:44 Damien Rice
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
Hotel California 5:48 Gipsy Kings
More Than This 4:07 10,000 Maniacs
Sunshine in a bag 4:28 Gorillaz
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Facing East 3:48 Thievery Corporation
En el Bosque de Cristal 4:11 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson
Kaleidoscope 1:52 Coldplay
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Wednesday, Mar 27, 2018, 11am ~ Kaleidoscope

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
How Many More Years (buddha nature) 5:10 No Logo
Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) 4:23 Janelle Monae
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Closer To Fine 4:02 Indigo Girls l
En el Bosque de Cristal 4:11 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson
Kaleidoscope 1:52 Coldplay
Way Down 5:08 The Happening

Thursday, Mar 28, 2018, 840am ~ Kaleidoscope

Orange Sky 6:11 Alexi Murdoch
Here With Me 4:15 Dido
Souvenir 5:39 Kaledj feat. Neko
What I Know 4:14 Parachute
How Many More Years (buddha nature) 5:10 No Logo
Tightrope (Feat. Big Boi) 4:23 Janelle Monae
Ghosts in My Machine 3:33 Annie Lennox
Yahoo 7:33 Veeresh & The Humaniversity Sound
Closer To Fine 4:02 Indigo Girls
Facing East 3:48 Thievery Corporation
En el Bosque de Cristal 4:11 Tierra Negra and Muriel Anderson
Kaleidoscope 1:52 Coldplay

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

Happy spring, everybody! This week we used the practice to wake up and the awakening to practice more. We played with consciously using our eyes as well as some new music and movement to wake up the body and break some habits (which sometimes went more smoothly than others).

Below are our playlists for the week. If you’d like to listen to the music, you can find almost all the songs on Spotify (you can listen for free)! As always, please let me know if you have any questions about any of the music we dance to!

And friends, I am always ALWAYS looking for new music. Do you have a song that you love to move to or that moves you? I’d love to know what it is! Please respond in the comments below or email me at sjmnia@gmail.com!

Before the playlists, some announcements of things that are happening!

Nia Jam on Friday, March 29, 5:45-7pm, Studio A, acac Downtown
Join teachers Jeanne, Loring, and Rachel for a Nia* Jam! as they focus on the energy of Spring, a time to Grow and Blossom, with the intent of tapping into empowerment and beauty. This special event will pre-empt Jeanne’s regular Friday night class. As always, for a Nia Jam, you can bring a friend to ACAC for free.
*Nia is barefoot cardio dance set to fabulous music that feeds your body, focuses your mind, stirs your emotions, and uplifts your spirit.

First Friday Freedance with Kate ~ April 5 at 11:25am
Nia Freedance is an opportunity to play and tap into the creative wisdom in our body, emotions, mind and spirit. For a full hour we get to dance together with the intention of stimulating our own unique movement creativity. The next Nia Freedance will be at ACAC Albemarle Square Friday, April 5 from 11:25 -12:25.

Honoring the Effect of Trauma in our Lives with Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard April 27
Larry Goldstein and Wendy Hubbard lead a workshop on releasing the grip of trauma using structures work, personal stories, and group work. Structures enable a person to go back safely to a traumatic memory with crucial support that was missing then and offers fresh options — an alternative memory – a different outcome in which basic human needs are met and longing for love and protection are fulfilled. This reconstructs inner implicit memory maps in the brain and helps people become viscerally acquainted with feelings that were lacking early in their lives. Pre-course online class Saturday, April 20, 3-5pm, In Person One-Day Class Saturday, April 27, 10-6p, Post-course online class, Saturday, May 4, 3-5pm. Cost $150. Limited to 12 participants. To register and for more information, contact Wendy Hubbard at whubbard0@gmail.com.

As always, please let me know if you have questions or how I can help more.
Dance on. Shine on.
Susan sig

Monday, Mar 18, 2019, 1045am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
Wake Up 3:28 The Makepeace Brothers
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sleep 4:24 Euphoria

Tuesday, Mar 19, 2018, 840am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro An Enchanted Evening
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
City Knows Your Name 4:59 Chris Coco
Sleep 4:24 Euphoria

Wednesday, Mar 20, 2018, 11am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Silk Road 8:00 Kitaro
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
Wake Up Everybody 3:35 John Legend & The Roots
Spring Clean 4:48 The Happening
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

Thursday, Mar 21, 2018, 840am ~ Wake Up + Practice

Awake My Soul 4:16 Mumford & Sons
Wake Up Everybody 3:35 John Legend & The Roots
A Gusta 5:39 Safri Duo
On and On 4:19 Suryan
Moon & Sun 6:02 Dalminjo Fjörd Fusioneer
Wake Me Up 4:10 Avicii
Bayami (Extended Dance Remix) 6:11 Ganga Giri
Get Up 4:51 Badmarsh & Shri
Wake Up 3:28 The Makepeace Brothers
Spring Clean 4:48 The Happening
Halving The Compass 5:27 Helios

WANT TO KNOW MORE ABOUT NIA?

For more information about Nia and this rich system of training and learning? Everything Nia is at http://www.nianow.com…
If you’re traveling or moving, you can find a teacher or classes wherever you’re going.
Interested in teaching or deepening your practice? Check out the Nia White Belt Training. They are offered all around the world so you can find one near you or where you may want to go!

Years ago, I saw a cartoon that has stuck with me (and darn it, I cannot find it now for the life of me even with The Google). It is a father and son sitting in a field looking at the night sky. The boy asks, “Dad, what’s the most powerful force in the universe?” and the father replies, “The force of habit.”

The very fact that you are reading this post indicates that you are interested in mindfulness. At some level, you want to stop sleepwalking through your time and be conscious of how you are living. You may practice in class with me or another teacher and you may have your own practice to support your longing for awareness.

Whatever your practice is, use it as an opportunity to wake up. Use that awakening as an opportunity to practice more.

As much as I want my practice to be my habit, it’s amazing how quickly I lose its thread. After an hour of yoga, I’ll be all Zen and peaceful and Om-shakalaka but nine minutes after walking out of class, I’ll be impatient and irritated in traffic. I’ll absorb the wisdom of a lovingkindness meditation but all it takes is one headline and I turn into a hater. I’ll take a mindful walk by the river, but as soon as I get back in the house, I’m not paying attention to anything but my river of thought.

Use your practice as an opportunity to wake up. Use that awakening as an opportunity to practice more.

Little by little, waking up begins to spill out beyond the formal practice times and spaces. I can choose to practice and choose to be awake and that awakeness leads to more like it. Once I experience aliveness and presence, the more I endeavor to expand that into other areas of my life. I can be present and awake while I’m making dinner or folding laundry, having a conversation with a friend or discussing finances with my partner. The more I can wake up in those situations, the more I am inspired to practice so I can stay present when I feel upset or angry or afraid. The more I practice the more I want to wake up and the more I wake up the more I want to practice.

“The breezes at dawn have secrets to tell you
Don’t go back to sleep!
You must ask for what you really want.
Don’t go back to sleep!
People are going back and forth
across the doorsill where the two worlds touch,
The door is round and open
Don’t go back to sleep!” ~ Rumi

Regular practice slowly begins to shift long-held patterns. Regular practice softens our lizard brain edges and connects us to our humanity. Regular practice allows us to expand what we do in the studio, on the mat, on the cushion into how we show up in our work, our homes and in our relationships. And ultimately, isn’t that what it’s all about?

Use your practice as an opportunity to wake up. Use that awakening as an opportunity to practice more.

This quote from Jane Goodall struck a chord with me. She said,

You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.

There have been times in my life when I’ve turned my eyes away and decided that my choices didn’t really matter in the big scheme of things. Sometimes I convince myself that it doesn’t really matter if I buy water in plastic bottles or don’t send a thank you note or don’t vote in all the elections. There are so many people and the world is so big, what difference can it possibly make if I leave the lights on or don’t write to my senator about the latest injustice? So I throw up my hands and figure it doesn’t matter.

On the other side, there have been times when I have poured myself, dedicated myself, committed myself to what feels like skillful and right action. My choice, for example, to eat a whole food plant-based diet and not to eat meat or factory-farmed eggs is grounded in my understanding of the catastrophic impact of livestock farming on the environment and that meat is unnecessary for good health. I know that the diet I choose is better for the earth, for my body and it’s definitely better for the animals but when I see that well over 90% of Americans eat meat and a lot of it, I feel the utter futility of my choices. Why bother recycling or writing a blog every week or being kind to strangers?

I’m a drop in the ocean. A grain of sand in the desert. Nothing I do or don’t do can possibly make any difference whatsoever.

And yet my body knows this isn’t true. The small choices I make every day to move mindfully, to drink plenty of water, to sleep and breathe and take care of myself does make a difference. Just one week of sitting in a car and not eating / sleeping / hydrating / moving as I usually do showed up in all kinds of discomforts.

My mind knows this isn’t true. The daily choice to meditate even for a few minutes ripples out in how I approach the world and myself.

My heart knows this isn’t true. My intention to connect with people — my family and friends, my students, my co-workers, cashiers and waiters and delivery folks — has a powerful impact on my sense of my community and my place in it.

I am a drop in the ocean and at the same time I am, as the 13th Century Persian poet Rumi said, “[I am] the entire ocean in a drop.”

I know in my bones and breath and heart that I am connected to everything. My choices matter. This is why I set an intention at the beginning of every class. This is why I choose One Word at the beginning of every year. I know I can’t help but have an impact on the world around me. I get to decide the kind of difference I want to make.


IMPORTANT NOTE: All of this is not to say that I’ve got all this figured out and that when I set an intention I always do it all the time. In fact, that’s absolutely not the case and that’s actually a great thing. We’ll dance with that, my friends, next week.

I’m a worrier. Always have been. My sweet mom used to give me strands of smooth worry beads to carry in my pocket to help ease the thread of anxious thoughts. Once she gave me a broad flat smooth stone with a divot in the center for my thumb. I rubbed it so hard, I broke it in half.

Over the years, I’ve been able to catch myself worrying at least enough to question the habit. Recently, one of my yoga teachers shared this lovely bit of Rumi that made my heart leap.

When I find myself niggling a worry, it helps me to cultivate a combination of stability and mobility. Together these sensations ground me and allow me to see more possibilities than the train wreck that I’m envisioning.

The genius poet Mary Oliver offers the wisdom of stability and mobility in her poem, I Worried.

I worried a lot. Will the garden grow, will the rivers
flow in the right direction, will the earth turn
as it was taught, and if not how shall
I correct it?

Was I right, was I wrong, will I be forgiven,
can I do better?

Will I ever be able to sing, even the sparrows
can do it and I am, well,
hopeless.

Is my eyesight fading or am I just imagining it,
am I going to get rheumatism,
lockjaw, dementia?

Finally I saw that worrying had come to nothing.
And gave it up. And took my old body
and went out into the morning,
and sang.

If you’ve followed me at all, you know that my favorite app is Insight Timer, the free meditation app that offers a timer as well as thousands of guided meditations of all kinds. In particular for our focus this week, I like this Healing Vibrations meditation by davidji and this one about releasing worry from Lou Redmond and there are others about letting go of worry, too!

Instead of worrying — beads or stones or strands of thought — find your ground and mobilize your perception of what is possible.

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